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    Russia will create a system of protection of the Arctic

    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:34 pm


    Russia will create a system of protection of the Arctic

    Enterprises of the military-industrial complex are developing a sonar system for the protection of the Arctic territorial waters of Russia, have informed "news" a source in the defense Ministry.
    - Now there is a study project of the new system. Work should be completed next year and after approval of the Ministry of defense will begin deploying it, - said the interlocutor of the edition.

    SEE ALSO
    In the Arctic will build ten military airfields
    "Security alarm" of the Arctic is composed of three components: marine, space and terrestrial. First, sonar buoys and underwater sensors, catch the noise of surface ships and submarines. The information gathered through satellites is transmitted to ground control station. The expanded system will cover the area of hundreds of kilometers.

    Head developer of the complex security is Corporation space systems of a special purpose "Comet" that appeared recently in the concern PVO "Almaz-Antey". The project involves dozens of Russian defense industry enterprises. The main issue when creating system experts, sustainment of sensors. Placed under water sonars must be sufficiently compact and unobtrusive, capturing the noise at a great distance. And diet have to provide energy not only them but also the equipment space communications.

    - American and British nuclear submarines were active in the Arctic during the cold war - in particular, went into the sea, washing the Russian coast. In recent years their activity is associated with the advent of the Northern fleet of the newest submarines of project "Borei" and "Yasen". Also we must not forget that American submarines armed with cruise missiles "Tomahawk" with a range of 1.5 thousand kilometers, noted historian of the Navy Dmitry Boltenkov.

    In August 2014, the Northern fleet found in the Barents sea, submarine, US Navy class "Virginia". After a 27-minute pursuit surface ships and anti-submarine aircraft left the area.

    Half a century ago, the United States has deployed in North Atlantic for several lines of anti-submarine sonar system SOSUS. Placed on the line Greenland - Iceland - UK underwater sensor was used to track Soviet submarines. However, the system was imperfect and could only find subs for the first and second generations. Moreover, the Soviet submariners quickly learned how to cheat the enemy "ears": for example, they overcome the barrier under the bottom of a merchant ship. In the 90-ies during the test, the coordinates of modern low-noise submarines built the ellipse size 216х90 km. Now part of the sonar SOSUS mothballed.

    The shortcomings of the American system will be taken into account in creation of Russian one.


    https://rg.ru/2016/07/20/rossiia-sozdast-sistemu-ohrany-arktiki.html

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  franco on Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:20 pm

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  Singular_Transform on Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:32 pm

    The arctic ice cap melting today.

    Actually the ice sheet is extremely small compared to anything.
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  AlfaT8 on Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:40 pm

    I was gonna post this on the propaganda thread, but it had so much info on this thread's topic, that i decided to post it here.



    The foreboding background music is just creepy.
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  kvs on Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:52 am

    AlfaT8 wrote:I was gonna post this on the propaganda thread, but it had so much info on this thread's topic, that i decided to post it here.

    pbrKLnh8wLA

    The foreboding background music is just creepy.

    Russia developing its own EEZ and making shelf claims on precedents set by the USA. "Ambition".

    This sort of whiny demonization is motivated by the fact that the whiners wanted to develop Russia's
    resources by hook or by crook. They probably thought that Russia was going to remain too weak to
    defend its economic rights in the Arctic. They are also jealous that Russia ended up with most of the
    potential and actual oil and gas resources. The Siberian shelf is where these fossil fuels are and not in
    the metamorphic Arctic Ocean basin and not in most of the Canada's, Denmark's (Greenland) and American
    EEZ.

    Since NATO has zero chance to rip Russia off, it will use Greenpeace and other "NGOs" to engage in economic
    sabotage. Greenpeace already staged on such attack which turned into a big stink when their ship and crew
    were arrested.
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  Singular_Transform on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:58 am




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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:42 am

    Agnia Grigas ‏@AgniaGrigas 29 Dec 2016

    Interesting map illustrating the scope of #Russia's rapid #militarization of the #Arctic.


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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  kvs on Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:24 am

    JohninMK wrote:Agnia Grigas ‏@AgniaGrigas 29 Dec 2016

    Interesting map illustrating the scope of #Russia's rapid #militarization of the #Arctic.


    pbs.twimg.com/media/C0152tUUAAABQyI.jpg


    In Canada the term is asserting sovereignty and not "militarization". Russia is free to build any military outpost it pleases
    on its sovereign territory. The use of the term "militarization" is propaganda spin to smear Russia as engaging in wrong doing.
    BS. It demonstrates that the propagandists have ambitions regarding Russia's Arctic resources and territory. Russia is
    doing the proper thing and making sure that these ambitious foreigners are held in check. This response pattern has been
    there throughout the history of the world. Including in the precious west.

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:21 pm

    kvs wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:Agnia Grigas ‏@AgniaGrigas 29 Dec 2016

    Interesting map illustrating the scope of #Russia's rapid #militarization of the #Arctic.


    pbs.twimg.com/media/C0152tUUAAABQyI.jpg


    In Canada the term is asserting sovereignty and not "militarization".   Russia is free to build any military outpost it pleases
    on its sovereign territory.    The use of the term "militarization" is propaganda spin to smear Russia as engaging in wrong doing.
    BS.   It demonstrates that the propagandists have ambitions regarding Russia's Arctic resources and territory.    Russia is
    doing the proper thing and making sure that these ambitious foreigners are held in check.   This response pattern has been
    there throughout the history of the world.   Including in the precious west.    
    Especially in the days of the European colonialists who operated on the basis of 'once we've grabbed it its ours' massively assisted by the advanced technology of the day and the Industrial Revolution.

    The World is still suffering the consequences but, as you say, Russia is a different ballgame. No innocent natives there Smile
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  George1 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:12 am

    Testing of new samples of military equipment in the Arctic



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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:46 am

    Russia’s offshore energy projects in the Arctic

    TASS has compiled a list of Russia’s offshore energy projects in the Arctic

    MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. On March 29-30 Russia’s northern city of Arkhangelsk will play host to the 4th International Arctic Forum entitled The Arctic - Territory of Dialogue.

    TASS DOSSIER has compiled a reference memo listing Russia’s offshore energy projects in the Arctic.

    Reserves and production

    According to the Russian Energy Ministry, Russia’s recoverable oil and gas reserves in the Arctic currently stand at 260 billion tonnes of equivalent fuel, or 60% of Russia’s recoverable hydrocarbon reserves. In 2015 the science doyen of the Oil and Gas Geology and Geophysics Institute under the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aleksey Kontorovich, estimated Russia’s oil and gas reserves in the Arctic at 100 billion tonnes.

    In 2016, the Arctic produced nearly 90 million tonnes of oil (17% percent of Russia’s overall production) and nearly 500 billion cubic meters of oil and gas (80%). At the moment nearly all hydrocarbon reserves are extracted on the mainland. Of the total 350 oil fields there 60 are active. Nineteen oil and gas fields have been explored in Russia’s sector of the Arctic in the Barents and Kara seas. Commercial production is underway only at one of them - Prirazlomnoye. Exploration work is in progress at more than 40 offshore fields in the Barents and Kara seas and the Eastern Arctic.

    Investment into offshore oil and exploration in Russia in 2016 totaled 71.4 billion.

    Offshore licenses


    A ban on private companies’ access to the commercial operation of offshore fields in Russia’s Arctic has been effective since 2008. Most production licenses for the explored oil fields belong to Gazprom, including the Shtokman gas field. Rosneft holds the license to develop the Severo-Gulyayevskoye oil and gas field and conducts prospecting and exploration drilling in other areas. Before the 2008 ban LUKOIL had been licensed to develop the Varandey oil field. Rosneft, Gazprom, LUKOIL, Novatek and other companies explore other areas.

    The possibility of letting private companies produce hydrocarbons offshore has been discussed for a long time, but no decisions have been made so far.

    The sole active project

    On April 18, 2014 Gazprom dispatched the first consignment of crude (70,000 tonnes) from the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea in the Arctic. Oil is extracted from the stationary ice-resistant platform Prirazlomnaya (belongs to the Gazprom Neft Shelf company). Crude oil is transported by two ice class oil tankers: The Mikhail Ulyanov and The Kirill Lavrov. Two support ships help keep the platform going. Gazprom estimated the costs of developing the 70-million-tonne field at 126 billion rubles (roughly $2 billion). In 2016, Prirazlomnaya produced 2.154 million tonnes. The platform’s ongoing upgrade will increase output to 5.5-6 million tonnes a year.

    Effects of sanctions

    Before 2014 many of the offshore exploration projects were being carried out in cooperation with foreign companies: ExxonMobil, ConocoPhilips, Total and others.

    In July-October 2014 the United States and the European Union introduced export licensing rules and then outlawed the export of goods meant for a number of oil projects in Russia related with deep sea extraction, including that on the Arctic shelf. All US companies stopped work on joint projects on October 10. ExxonMobil curtailed its cooperation with Rosneft in exploring the oil field Pobeda.


    More:
    http://tass.com/economy/938067


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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:14 am

    Russia to Open Barneo Ice Base Near North Pole in April - Presidential Envoy

    Russia will open the Barneo camp near the North Pole in April, Russia's special presidential representative for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic regions told Sputnik in an interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will open the Barneo camp on an ice floe near the North Pole in April that would allow scientists from different countries to work there, Russia's special presidential representative for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic regions told Sputnik in an interview.

    "Russia's Barneo ice base, organized by the Russian Geographical Society [RGO] and the Association of Polar Explorers, would work in April. As soon as we find an ice floe and prepare a runway… equipment would be sent there and an ice camp would be set," Artur Chilingarov said ahead of the "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue" International Arctic Forum.

    The presidential envoy added that within a month scientists from different countries would be able to explore ice, sea and weather in the region to monitor climate changes near the North Pole and make research on other Arctic-related sciences.

    Russia's northern city of Arkhangelsk is expected to host a two-day international forum focused on the Arctic and cooperation in the polar region that would open later on Wednesday. A number of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart from Iceland Gudni Johannesson, will participate in the forum's events.

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/201703291052065793-russia-barneo-ice-base/


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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  Austin on Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:03 am

    Russia to Ramp Up Oil Output in Arctic to 26% in 20 Years – Energy Minister


    htps://sputniknews.com/politics/201703301052111769-russia-arctic-oil-output/

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In the Arctic, Russia extracts around 80 percent of its total natural gas production, the minister added.

    "Currently, we are producing about 17 percent of our total oil production in the Arctic. In 20 years, in accordance with our strategic plans this share will increase to as much as 26 percent," Novak said in an interview with the CNBC news broadcaster.


    According to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, the total value of energy resources concentrated in Russia's Arctic region exceeds $30 trillion.
    Ministerial experts predict that in the future, Russian oil and gas production will be mainly concentrated in the Arctic sea shelves.
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    Re: Arctic rush

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  medo on Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:01 pm

    This arctic base now looks really great and comfortable. Now they have to made concrete airstrip for whole year airfield and the base will be fully operational.
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    Post  miketheterrible on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:05 am

    medo wrote:This arctic base now looks really great and comfortable. Now they have to made concrete airstrip for whole year airfield and the base will be fully operational.

    It really does.

    Hopefully more are built.
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:58 pm

    The Russian Defense Ministry's website has for the first time launched an interactive excursion around Russia's unique Arctic Trefoil military base.



    https://sputniknews.com/military/201704171052707690-russia-military-base-arctic-region/


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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  medo on Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:58 pm

    http://mil.ru/files/files/arctic/Arctic.html

    3D preasentation of Arctic Trefoil. This base is really beautiful.

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  AlfaT8 on Tue May 09, 2017 12:12 am

    How important is this Svalbard place??
    And what Russia's position here?

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  franco on Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:15 pm

    A broad look at the Arctic and it's strategic importance to Russia. Includes a look at NATO assets verses Russia presently and future plans.

    http://nvo.ng.ru/armament/2017-08-18/6_961_arctic.html
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  kvs on Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:01 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:How important is this Svalbard place??
    And what Russia's position here?



    Not having entities described in old legal documents and constitutions is the norm. What happens under
    modern conditions is that specific interpretations are applied. Svalbard has de facto control over its own
    shelf since it is attached to Svalbard and not mainland Norway. If Norway wants to control the Svalbard shelf,
    then it should impose a different governance system over Svalbard. It can't revise the current governance
    so tough luck with the shelf.
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:27 pm

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    I have been looking at this icebreaker/tanker Christophe de Margerie class. It can sail solo from Norway to Korea in 6 days fully loaded across the Arctic.

    This looks like something that could be used as basis for a container ship. If it can cover that distance in 6 days with content as sensitive as LNG then cargo containers should be even less of a problem. Would open some interesting possibilities.

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  SeigSoloyvov on Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:39 pm

    Well Russia ordered 15 of those things from what I understand and that's roughly 300m per ship.

    so that's like 4.5B dollars.

    Putin must be expecting an insane amount of sea traffic to justify buying that much LNG tankers, they are supposed to all be done by 2020

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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:49 pm

    Back up plan for LNG to Europe when the pipes through Ukraine are shut at the end of 2019 and NordStream2 is late?
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    Re: Arctic rush

    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:17 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Back up plan for LNG to Europe when the pipes through Ukraine are shut at the end of 2019 and NordStream2 is late?

    Correct, come 2019 Ukraine is getting unplugged from gas transit infrastructure. They will keep selling them gas but it will be trough likeable middle man such as Slovakia like they do already.

    Those 15 ships will be hauling LNG from Yamal gas field out of Port Sabetta to anywhere from EU to East Asia.

    Original plan was to have icebreakers accompany tankers but apparently they can operate on their own 6 months​ a year (at least) as de Margery just demonstrated. So even better (and cost effective).

    So in addition to Turk Stream and Nord Stream 2 (and 1 that is only used at 50% with constant convenient exceptions​ by Germany) they now have third gas route into Europe (and everywhere else)

    This means that Ukrainian status of gas transit country is a goner. 

    And I have a feeling that these 15 ships are just first batch of something bigger. South Koreans are never late with delivering on shipbuilding orders.

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